Suffolk golfer Tait experiences success with dramatic improvement
MARTLESHAM HEATH junior Gregor Tait has already started to make a name for himself in golf, after claiming two prestigious titles less than two years after starting to play the game competitively.
Tait has enjoyed a terrific year. He was first crowned Suffolk Junior champion before going on to compete with the men and win the Ipswich Golf Club Championship.
The feat is made all the more impressive when you discover his handicap has dropped from 22 at the end of 2012, to 0.9, and that he had to recover from bad starts to top the leaderboard in both competitions.
“I was five-over-par after six holes in the Club Championship and three-over after three in the Suffolk Junior Championship,” he said. “It’s not a habit I’d like to keep but it’s reassuring I can still perform well after a bad start.
“I can’t really believe that I have won both events this year. The Club Championship was an amazing day for me.
“When I first joined Ipswich last year, I remember looking down the impressive list of handicaps thinking how competitive the championships would be.
“With the Suffolk Juniors, I never dreamt I’d be in contention. At last year’s event, I was delighted to get into the top-16 and would never have expected to come close this year.
“I never thought I’d win one of these events, let alone both. It’s an incredible feeling and something I will never forget, it has been amazing for me and I cannot wait for every competition.”
Ipswich Golf Club’s junior section has enjoyed a great year, after claiming the Suffolk County Junior Team Championship, and the club’s general manager, Neill Ellice, is delighted to see the club’s youngsters continuing to flourish in big tournaments, both within the county and on a national stage.
He said: “We are extremely proud of our junior section here at Ipswich. The club is welcoming to golfers of all ages and abilities and we are so proud to see youngsters such as Gregor turn into excellent golfers capable of challenging in the big competitions, both within the club, at county level and on the national scene. We hope this continues to be the case.”